It has been long since the last post about selling used items on ebay.in. In the meanwhile, I have to sell few other used items. Selling through olx.in was not getting traction and I finally decided to list them on ebay.in.
The money you get vs the time investment – does – raise question whether it is worth it – to sell used items through olx or ebay. Monetarily – It may not be worth it if your per hour time cost is anywhere more than INR 1k and item worth is less than say 2-3k. but sometime you do things – just for fun or want someone else to “use” the thing rather than give it to kabadi and dispose it off. I have to do that for couple of old things that I had listed on olx but not getting traction. e.g. old furniture – give it to our service staff. old chair – give to our maid. old glass top center table – did sell through olx after numerous phone calls from people enquiring but not coming to collect it.
When we are at the topic – few things about listing items on olx.in. These helped me get traction on selling them or avoid getting spam calls that have very low likelihood to sell.
- Assert in the listing that serious buyer will get marginal bargain and they can come down to see the item. Don’t call to bargain.
- Sometimes – the area name – selected for the listing is not very known; you can get spam calls from all over the city checking about the location of the item. solution – Clarified the address/location in the listing details. Also mentioned that if you are not from the nearby <this location>, transport cost may not make it viable purchase for you.
- Also added additional cash discount over the listing price for the buyers taking the item before <date>
Coming back to ebay, I have been able to sell some of the used books through ebay. These were primarily motivated from the fact that someone else can read it as long as I can get the courier cost from the buyer. Few notes about this:
- Shipping through speedpost – india post – was good for the books. It cost in the range of 70-100 if the book is not very bulky and go in a green large side envelope weighing < 500gm. I need to purchase the envelope from the stationary shop. It has internal cotton thing – between the paper to make the envelope little more robust.
- For local (same city) – even DTDC – works out cheaper. It cost 70/- and if you have relationship with your local franchise – he comes to collect the package from home.
- For bulkier book, I need to pack with the cartoon cover and brown tape.
- There is a nice bookcrossing.com site. You can use this site to track your book journey. I had marked one of the book with their id (BCID)
I have also sold – used broadband modem, external hard disk through ebay. If the electronic item is not outdated – there are takers for the item on ebay. You need to price it competitively.
Before closing – Few notes about DTDC:
- I got one franchise to courier my packages couple of times; now, he entertains to come home to collect package.
- Insurance adds to the shipping cost. I have taken it for items costing > 1k. Shipping cost then goes in range of 200 for items in <= 500gm range.
- Festival time may not be right time to ship through the courier. I have faced twice delayed delivery around Rakhi time.
- Local shipping cost 70/- minimum. If the item is collect at home, it works better than speed post service.
- I have been overall happy with DTDC service.
Have you also sold your used items on ebay? How was your experience?